Nursing Trail Mix

A recipe for a good, protein filled one handed snack.

Go to Costco.

Buy a container of each kind of nut you like (pecans, almonds, etc…), same for dried fruits (apricots, cherries, craisins).

Buy the four pound bag of chocolate chips. Laugh that you will ever want that many chocolate chips. You’ll see. You’ll see.

To make: Cover a dinner plate with one kind of nut. Microwave it for 5-7 minutes, until the nuts are toasted. You may need to stop halfway through and stir the plate around. Wait for them to cool and confirm they are toasted to your liking. Repeat for each kind of nut. While doing this, chop up any large dried fruit pieces, like apricots or mango. Mix nuts in a bowl as you go. Add dried fruit and chocolate chips the taste. Mix well and store in an air tight container, preferably at your nursing station.

Almonds, pecans, craisins and apricots make approximately 10 cups of trail mix, or a three day supply for a new, breastfeeding mom. This is especially good given the unceasing hunger of a mom whose milk has just come in and her need for snacks high in protein and vitamin c. It’s also shelf stable and can live in your nursery without fear of spoiling. Don’t use a container with a difficult lid, since she’ll probably devour a lot at 5am nursing a baby.

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